The world is big and scary
But there’s no courage without fear.
Nothing in life worth having
Ever comes without a fight.
Hush little baby, child that holds my heart.
Don’t shed a tear, you’re safe, Mother’s here.
– Emily’s Lullaby for C.J.
Since 2013 the Seattle Symphony has partnered with Mary’s Place, which shelters families experiencing homelessness, to present the annual Lullaby Project. The Lullaby Project is a workshop series where Seattle Symphony musicians and students from Seattle Pacific University’s (SPU) Music Therapy program come alongside parents and children in crisis situations to create personal lullabies.
The first step of the lullaby writing process is the Creative Workshop. Seattle Symphony musicians and SPU music therapy students travel to Mary’s Place and are paired with participating parents and children. Over the course of a day the musicians and students connect with families to create lyrics and a melody for their lullabies.
These lyrics and melodies are then arranged and professionally recorded at Benaroya Hall with Seattle Symphony musicians. After the lullabies have been produced, the musicians, music therapy students and participants gather back together at Mary’s Place to listen to the recordings and reflect on the impact of their songwriting experience.
The project culminates in a free, public live performance at Benaroya Hall in Octave 9. Participants bring their families and friends to a heartwarming performance of their lullabies that highlight the powerful stories of families experiencing homelessness in Seattle.
The Lullaby Project is a national program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.
Experience the lullabies for yourself on the Seattle Symphony’s Soundcloud channel.
ABOUT MARY’S PLACE
Mary’s Place is a leading voice for homeless women, children and families in emergency situations. They empower families to reclaim their lives by offering community, acceptance, hope and dignity. Their work keeps struggling families together and provides practical tools and resources that help them find housing and employment. They inspire the community to support homeless women, children and families through advocacy, partnerships, volunteerism and philanthropy.
Visit marysplaceseattle.org to learn more.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We hope you will learn more about all the organizations that partner with us in our Simple Gifts initiative and seek out opportunities to help others in your own communities. It can be the simple gift of time spent volunteering. It can be the gift of being more attuned to the root causes of homelessness and what can be done to help people that may be currently or have formerly experienced homelessness. It can be attending these Symphony performances where the art and music and poetry of some of our most vulnerable citizens will be shared. To someone accustomed to going unseen, this is a gift in and of itself.
Thank you for joining us in lifting up our fellow community members, and thank you for being part of our journey of giving Simple Gifts. To support the Lullaby Project, give online or call Donor Relations at 206.215.4832. Every gift makes a difference!